I would usually start a review with the positives but unfortunately I have none. My husband and I have been travelling for several months and stayed in over 30 hotels and this by far was the worst. Firstly, the hotel is in a poor location. Yes it is near the beach but that is about it. There are no decent or reasonably priced restaurants within easy walking distance (unless you like deep fried food from a convenience store). Similarly, no shops, things to see close by. This gets me to my second negative - the restaurant on site. Because there was nothing else around, we ate the first night at the hotel. The menu was not very extensive but we didn't mind until we tried to order and found that our first three choices were not available. No steak, no fish etc. Why bother having it on the menu (and we checked later on in the week and still not available yet all on the menu). So the ONLY option was pasta which was ok but nothing special for what you paid. The service was EXTREMELY slow given it was only us and one other couple. Over an hour to cook a bit of pasta with tomato sauce?!? Next we have the rooms. A warning to anyone who is a light sleeper, even with earplugs, don't expect a restful stay. The acoustics are shocking. If you are on the bottom floor it is particularly bad as the spa/pool is in the foyer area right outside the rooms and people were in it playing loud music until all hours and the staff never told them to quiet down after 10pm. In fact, the staff are just as loud and you can hear them having a great time as well. Plus, we were put in a room next door to the kitchen that shared only a thin wall. So lucky us we got to listen to food being prepared, washed up and cooked in the evening and mornings right next to our bed head. Room itself was ok but things are falling apart and there looked to be old mould in the bath and on the shower curtain. Lastly, other reviewers have mentioned hidden fees. Yes, we found this out too! And when we asked where these fees were on their website or if they were printed anywhere, they said no and that this was just their policy (which apparently is their 'verbal' policy!). Please stay elsewhere. This was a big letdown for our trip to Miami. Stay further down toward south beach where the action and nice hotels are.
- Also Known As:
- Claridge Hotel Miami Beach
- Clarion Miami Beach
- Miami Beach Clarion
- Claridge Miami Beach
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Claridge Hotel has become the third hotel in Miami Beach to be invited to join Historic Hotels of America. A program of the National Trust for Historic Preservation, Historic Hotels of America (HHA) identifies quality hotels that have faithfully maintained their historic integrity, architecture and ambiance. Be among the first to discover one of the best kept secrets in South Beach, The Claridge Hotel. Sensual Mediterranean architecture and our unique atrium lobby envelopes the essence of our boutique hotel. Imagine waking up in one of the most famous cities around the globe, Miami Beach where you are just steps away from the sun, sand and pristine waters. Come experience the mystery first hand. ... more less
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